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THEM ARE US TOO ANNOUNCE SUMMER TOUR July 11, 2016 13:57


 
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DATES:
 
7.18 Denton
7.19 Austin
7.20 Dallas
7.22 Denver
7.23 Salt Lake City
7.24 Los Angeles
7.25 San Francisco
7.26 Reno
7.28 Oakland
7.29 Terminus Fest, Calgary


NEW ALBUM FROM SYNTH POP DUO BODY OF LIGHT June 23, 2016 08:21


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Body of Light : Let Me Go LP

Formed roughly 5 years ago in the wasted sands of Tempe, Arizona, electronic dance faction Body of Light have proven to be a teeming creative force within the present-day electronic landscape. From the archaic drones and abstract measurements of their earliest collections, to their prodigious cinematic pop ballads and darkwave compositions, the two brothers, Alex and Andrew Jarson, are no strangers when it comes to blurring the compositional lines that confine underground music. Having worked together and separately over the years within the folds of the co-founded Ascetic House collective, both Alex and Andrew have given life to a variety of projects such as Otro Mundo, Blue Krishna, Somali Extract, and Memorymann, whilst unveiling over a dozen visual, audio, and written works under a variety of monikers in a shortened period of time. Body of Light is simply another extension of that exercised method of immediate and natural experimentation.

Let Me Go frames the band as a project that has run the circle of practiced ideas to a fully-realized vision of synth pop sensibility and erotic aesthetics.  Previous releases on Chondritic Sound and Ascetic House show both members grappling with sound and art as both a tool of mechanical reproduction and lawless spiritual hedonism. But after half a decade has marched on under the Body of Light banner, the project has solidified itself in its current mature state as one of the most transcendent dance music mediums today.  Hesitant to define themselves strictly as a “synth-pop” collaboration, the brothers incorporate a wide variety of commodities as they attempt to formulate a direction, unique with decaying, warped tape loops, aging VHS home-movie sound samples from their childhood, primitive waveforms, and processed vocals tinged with harmonic means. Their notion is to utilize past and present technologies in a way that feels unique, honest and sensible. With multiple cassette releases to date, including Follow The Current, Lustre, Universal Sin, Volantà Di Amore and Limits of Reason, the project has established a sound and iconography that seem unusual in conjunction, though aesthetically and sonically opulent.

Recorded during the afterglow of 2015, the song list that would form the groundwork of Let Me Go finally came full circle under the production guidance of engineer Ben Greenberg (Uniform / Hubble). The synth-pop anthems of songs such as “How Do I Know?” and “Tremble” relay a sense of dance floor incitement in the way that the zeitgeist of 1980’s Manchester forced the dull masses to get up and move, by any means necessary.  “Moving Slowly” reminds the listener of their personal fantasy of life in the afterhours haze of Eastern Europe’s discothèques that sadly never took place. Each song follows the next into a lucid moment of cathodic synergy and romantic relevance that pulls from their self-reflected mysticism and projects itself forward during their masterful live performance.

Dais Records proudly releases Body of Light’s “Let Me Go on July 22, 2016 featuring artwork by artist Collin Fletcher (Halcyon Veil).

Release date: July 22, 2016

ANNOUNCING 25th ANNIVERSARY REISSUES OF LEGENDARY NEW ZEALAND POST-PUNK BAND: "THE CAKEKITCHEN" May 25, 2016 20:49



Dais is proud to announce two reissues from New Zealand post-punk legends: THE CAKEKITCHEN.


Multi-instrumentalist Graeme Jefferies is the given name of the fabled underground counterculture icon hailing from New Zealand, and his mainstay project, The Cakekitchen, has its roots firmly grounded in the pages of 1980’s New Zealand garage storybook which featured countless innovative artists, all of which huddled under the umbrella of labels such as Flying Nun Records, Propeller, andPagan Records. After performing in the revered gothic punk act, Nocturnal Projections, and after the collapse of his previous Flying Nun group, This Kind of Punishment, The Cakekitchen emerged as an amalgamation of gloomy and introspective post-punk and indie, with a stronger focus on structured studio songwriting and thoughtful compositional approach - producing some of the most expressive and unique music to come out of New Zealand during the early 90’s. Now Dais Records is set to re-release two iconic albums by the band.

TIME FLOWING BACKWARDS

Originally released in 1991 on Homestead RecordsTime Flowing Backwards, the debut album by New Zealand art rock outfit The Cakekitchen, coupling the entire self-titled EP material released by Flying Nun Records in 1989 along with 6 new songs recorded for the album. Mastered at Abbey Road by Steve Rooke (who would later remaster The Beatles catalog), this debut full length would go on to solidify and promote the growing underground New Zealand rock scene and spawn a generation of devoted followers of Jefferies’ exceedingly graceful, atmospheric, and poetic songs, led by Jefferies’ unmistakable commanding baritone voice.

A diverse and inspiring album, Time Flowing Backwards has been out of print and difficult to obtain since its original vinyl pressing in 1991.  Dais Records is proud to reissue on vinyl in limited edition “Time Flowing Backwords” along with the The CakeKitchen’s  sophomore LP (released the same year) “World of Sand”, in remastered editions of 500 copies making these albums available once again to old fans while introducing these classics to new listeners.

Pre-Order - OUT JUNE 24th
http://www.daisrecords.com/collections/frontpage/products/the-cakekitchen-time-flowing-backwards-lp

WORLD OF SAND:

Originally released in 1991 on Homestead Records, “World of Sand” is the second full length album by The Cakekitchen, highlighting the first live line-up of the band featuring the drumming of Robert Key (Expendables / Lanky), and Rachael King (3Ds) on bass. This formation existed for roughly two and a half years and these compositions were considered by many to be the height of the groups’ creative potential, with musical comparisons to the early material by This Kind of Punishment…pounding piano, maddening viola, numerous tape splices and oddball musical passages – along with several pieces recorded at home on a four track, lending a lo-fi, dark, and intimate feel to the album. Led by Jeffereies’ distinct baritone voice, the album is layered, complex, and darkly beautiful.

Long sought after by collectors and fans alike, World of Sand has been out of print and difficult to obtain since its original pressing in 1991. Dais Records is honored to reissue on vinyl in limited edition “World of Sand”along with the The Cakekitchen’s first LP (released the same year) “Time Flowing Backwards”, in remastered editions of 500 copies making these albums available once again to old fans while introducing these classics to new listeners.

Pre-Order - OUT JUNE 24th
http://www.daisrecords.com/collections/frontpage/products/the-cakekitchen-world-of-sand-lp*

LISTEN: The Cakekitchen - "Witness To Your Secrets"
https://soundcloud.com/daisrecords/the-cakekitchen-witness-to-your-secrets

LISTEN: The Cakekitchen - "Tomorrow Came Today"

https://soundcloud.com/daisrecords/the-cakekitchen-tomorrow-came-today

THEM ARE US TOO'S INCREDIBLE DEBUT LP "REMAIN" REPRESSED IN LIMITED COLOR EDITION. April 22, 2016 10:10

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Them Are Us Too : Remain LP

Dais is proud to announce a limited repressing of this enigmatic debut album.

Emerging quietly from the California bay area through their limited edition demos and intimate performances over the last two years, Them Are Us Too have gained a cult following within independent music circles as a young, new take on the revered "4AD sound" of dreamy goth-pop anthems.  With a nod to 80’s shoegaze sensibilities, Them Are Us Too creates songs about tragedy and loves-lost that draws devoted listeners to their nostalgic and innocent sound. Kennedy Ashlyn's vocals have been repeatedly compared to Kate Bush, Harriet Wheeler, and Elizabeth Fraser, with a pitch-perfect octave range carrying songs gracefully between optimistic joy down to undisturbed melancholia - all within one moment of verse. Guitarist Cash Askew paints a layered and complex backdrop using signature reverberation and washes of stringed ambient tones, akin to Robin Guthrie, Ronny Moorings and Kevin Shields.

Perfectly executed songwriting with effortless simplicity and vernal drive, Them Are Us Too’s debut album, Remain, rivals the comparative magic behind the early 4AD catalog and zeitgeist of early Creation Records.  Massive, seraphic sound and heartbreaking nostalgia crafted into 8 songs of uncompromising and immaculately orchestrated beauty. At only 21 years of age for both members, Them Are Us Too mask their irrepressible youth underneath their limitless imagination and unparalleled talent, dedicating themselves fully to their uncanny musical creation. 

The debut album "Remain" on Dais Records was recorded and produced by Joshua Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv, Nine Inch Nails, Sons of Magdalene).

Second pressing of 500 copies (200 purple vinyl / 300 black vinyl) housed in foil embossed jacket and includes a MP3 download card.

Shipping mid May.


DRAB MAJESTY ASSEMBLES A RECENT COMPILATION CD AS "COMPLETELY CARELESS" March 10, 2016 09:46

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Drab Majesty : Completely Careless (2012-2015) CD

Three years have swiftly passed since Drab Majesty entered the dreary pop realm of translucent surrealism and public fascination.    With each passing moment, the creator Deb Demure depicts increasing complexities within the soubrette known to some as Drab Majesty.

Since its inception, the Drab Majesty venture has yielded a self-released edition entitled Unarian Dances, a collaborative vinyl release with legendary Eleven Pond, celebratory EP Unknown to the I and debut full length album Careless

Dais Records has gathered the Drab Majesty discography up until present day into a compilation compact disc styled as Completely Careless (2012-2015), comprised of 18 compositions, two of which are previously unreleased, and housed in a sleeved jewel case with foil printed slip and booklet.

Released on March 25, 2016


YOUTH CODE RETURNS WITH THEIR NEW FULL LENGTH ALBUM February 25, 2016 11:09


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Youth CodeCommitment to Complications LP/CD

The year 2015 saw hardcore inspired EBM outfit, Youth Code, step into line with what most would consider is their well-earned stake in the current world of industrial music. Spending most of that time touring selectively on their own in Europe and then sweeping through North America with the legendary Skinny Puppy, Youth Code pulled together their newest songs, hunkering down with producer Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assembly / Fear Factory), and intertwined the ideas that would become their second full length album, Commitment to Complications.

Born in 2012 out of a Los Angeles bedroom, Youth Code was the instinctive creation of musicians Sara Taylor and Ryan George. The band made their spontaneous live debut at LA-based record store Vacation Vinyl's employee showcase. Word of the incendiary live performance quickly spread and was followed by release of the well-circulated, coveted, Demonstrational Cassette, which saw the band hone their semi-improvised initial set into something altogether more muscular, resonant and lean.

Soon after, Youth Code was invited to release a limited edition single with the legendary Genesis P-Orridge's label, Angry Love Productions. The single quickly sold out and saw the band receive praise from industrial heavyweights including Skinny Puppy and Front Line Assembly. Shortly after the single’s release, the band signed with label Dais Records to release their 2013 self-titled full length album, which solidified the band’s widespread critical praise from outlets as far ranging as Pitchfork, Fact Magazine and MetalSucks.  In 2014, Dais saw through the release of their much anticipated EP, A Place to Stand, which featured remixes by Silent Servant, Clipping, God Module and Sanford Parker.

Since then, Youth Code brought their brand of Industrial to audiences all over the US on supporting gigs with AFI, Nothing, The Body, Suicide Commando and the now infamous Eye vs. Spy Tour with industrial legends Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly and Haujobb.

Commitment to Complications reflects Youth Code’s time spent with various electronic alumni and scales up the aggressive notch left behind in their previous releases. Youth Code’s introduction of the album starts on a reflective note but quickly changes gears into hyper drive BPM pacing with rhythmic complexity driven in with the track Transitions that can only be referenced as maniacal. Songs like Doghead and Shift of Dismay show the band as a frontrunner of definitive industrial anthems and critical songwriting skill. Another harbinger of Youth Code’s dire shift into more strident terrain would be evident in the inclusion of Ben Falgoust (Goatwhore) and Todd Jones (Nails) as guest performers. The band’s cohesive collaboration with producer Rhys Fulber is in full display, driving the band’s aural trajectory into consuming and contentious industrial electronics.

PRE ORDER NOW - IN STORES 4/8/16 LP/CD/DIGITAL 


HIGH-FUNCTIONING FLESH ARRIVE WITH A NEW SINGLE February 10, 2016 09:35

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High-Functioning Flesh : Human Remains 7''

Los Angeles based EBM duo High-Functioning Flesh usher in 2016 with a new single entitled "Human Remains" on Dais Records.  For the past three years, synth punks Gregory Vand and Susan Subtract have pulled together their subversive misgivings through a series of releases such as their debut album "A Unity of Miseries...A Misery of Unities" on DKA Records and their sophomore follow-up "Definite Structures" on Dais Records.  Each audible imprint left behind by High-Functioning Flesh dices up their sinister tone, reworking themselves through their own self reference and spits out a malformed adjustment of electronic dynamics and uneasy phonetics.  

"Human Remains" signifies the band's movement from aggressive industrial structure to shining dance floor anthems, all while making sure their audience never strays in thought of who their musical architect is playing overhead.  Coupled with the B-side "Heightened State", HFF passes through the speakers at more progressive, minimal electronic pace. Keeping up the rhythm and nature of their familiar signature, HFF matures into complex, infectious cadence married with voltaic synthesized sound that has us never halting in our dance and curious about their next move.

Limited to 500 copies on black vinyl.

Release date: February 26, 2016

LIMITED REPRESSES OF HIGH-FUNCTIONING FLESH AND DRAB MAJESTY February 05, 2016 15:13


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High-Functioning Flesh : Definite Structures LP (Second Pressing)

Instinctive EBM laced punk from Los Angeles own High-Functioning Flesh cuts through the discord with their sophomore album, Definite Structures.  Formed in southern California in 2012 following the conclusion of their previous musical endeavors, Gregory Vand and Susan Subtract came together fusing their backgrounds and aesthetics of industrial, punk, and noise to model songs that were collected on their debut album, A Unity of Miseries, A Misery of Unities, on Atlanta based electro label DKA Records.

Referencing the rack mount synthesis and accented drum machine strikes of 80’s bands like Portion Control and Nitzer Ebb, HFF main-lined their punk resumes into the reaction causing a signature chemtrail of martial techno-inspired electronic mayhem shredded through a vocally dystopian finality.  The past 3 years have launched HFF from a handful of lo-fi flashback demos to aggressively realized synth/punk dance floor anthems, carving out a sound that would let you think that HFF has warped time to an era completely their own.

Second pressing limited to 300 copies on gray vinyl and comes with a MP3 download card.

 

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Drab Majesty : Careless LP

In the smoggy orange light of a new millennium, the young Deb Demure would take the bus, once a week, from his home in crumbling Hollywood to his grandmother’s apartment, nestled in the pastel pristineness of Beverly Hills. During these visits, Deb couldn’t help but notice the disconnect between the glow of his grandmother’s temple, and the downtrodden, alienated figures that populated the seats of the mass transit that took him there. Week after week, he would observe these characters: fading B-movie starlets, leisure-suited alcoholics, aging transgender prostitutes, and forgotten civil servants. But one fateful commute home, as the twilight waned to the purple Los Angeles night, he realized these figures were not as lost as they appeared – there was a nobility in their failure, reflective of the dignity of the city’s vanishing golden era. They were survivors, in need of a voice: a spokesperson for every color of hope and hopelessness, transcendent of gender and time; Drab Majesty became Deb’s musical podium for this undertaking.

Raised in a music-centric household, Deb would find the time to teach himself to play his father’s right-handed guitar upside down and left-handed; an unorthodox fashion from where his earliest understanding of chords and harmony were conceived. Exploring the bins of discarded vinyl in his neighborhood thrift stores, his toolkit expanded with the subterranean sonic gems of the recent past.  Influences range from the virtuosic arpeggiated guitar work of Felt’s Maurice Deebank and the grittier pop progressions of Red Lorry Yellow Lorry’s Chris Reed as well as Steve Severin from Siouxsie and The Banshees.  He also studied the harmonic oscillations and utilization of the occult power of vibratory frequency present in New Age sounds of Greek artist, IASOS.  In terms of orchestration, he consciously culls from the seaside maximalism of Martin Dupont and mechanized grooves of early Depeche Mode.  Like a dualistic pendulum, his vocals swing from a preistly baritone to a choir boy’s falsetto reflecting the sepulchral ambiance of church visits with his grandmother.

Currently the drummer for Los Angeles lo-fi rock ensemble Marriages and having honed an unorthodox home recording style, Deb sources his sounds from a repository of “mid-fi” synthesizers and other lesser-quality instruments.  Following the release of his debut cassette EP, “UNARIAN DANCES”, he also shared a split 12″ with synth pop forefathers, Eleven Pond.  During the Spring of 2015, Drab Majesty signed with Dais Records and released his first single, Unknown to the I, as a introduction for his first initial foray into the album format, romantically titled Careless.

Dais Records releases Drab Majesty’s debut LP “Careless” on June 23, 2015.  Written over the course of 2 years, “Careless” is a compendium of songs that have outlasted a malicious burglary of his studio, his struggles with substance addiction, and most recently, the death of his beloved grandmother.

Third pressing limited to 300 light blue vinyl with red & black matte jacket and comes with a MP3 download card.


PSYCHIC TV / PTV3 BACK CATALOG AVAILABLE DIGITALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME VIA DAIS RECORDS January 20, 2016 08:12



Born in 1981 from industrial music behemoth Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV is fronted by Throbbing Gristle’s founder: anti-hero, artist, and Pandrogenist, Genesis P-Orridge. — Psychic TV is particularly known for its intense and visceral live performances and for a creative lineage that includes cultural luminaries such as William S. Burroughs, Derek Jarman, and Timothy Leary, among others.
 
In 2003, New York artist and musician Edley ODowd (formerly of the legendary Toilet Boys) worked with Genesis P-Orridge to reform a new vision and voice for Psychic TV. The result has been a 12 year run of concerts and releases as Psychic TV / PTV3. During this time, the band released two full length albums "Hell Is Invisible...Heaven is Her/e" and "Mr. Alien Brain vs. The Skinwalkers", along with handful of conceptual EP's and singles.
 
On January 22, 2016, the entire catalog of Psychic TV/PTV3 will be available digitally through Dais Records. Many for the first time ever in digital format outside of the bands USB stick, a self released edition of 300 which came out last year.
 
To commemorate the release of this catalog, the band has put together an iTunes exclusive release entitled “Fishscales Falling: A Smorgasbord Ov Delights,” a compilation featuring live recordings, demos, outtakes and new material from 2003 to the present.

Pre-orders are available now:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/psychic-tv-ptv3/id292904624

To celebrate the release of the digital catalog the band will be performing two intimate shows in Queens, NY at Trans-Pecos.

Facebook events:
 
 

NEW LIMITED EDITION TOUR SINGLE FROM YOUTH CODE October 29, 2015 11:19

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Youth Code : Anagnorisis 7''

Hardcore EBM outfit, Youth Code, returns with an even harsher stab at their signature industrial sound with the new single: Anagnorisis. With producer Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assembly) at the studio helm, Youth Code come out swinging harder than ever. "Anagnorisis", backed by "Shift of Dismay", are just the tip of the iceberg for the pair as they push forward with their upcoming sophomore full length album on Dais Records in 2016.

Anagnorisis is long awaited preview to their upcoming album which will be available in both limited black & clear vinyl editions through Dais Records, as well as a special “clear smoke” edition only available from Youth Code during the Fall 2015 tour with Skinny Puppy.

PLEASE NOTE *We cannot add items to existing pre-orders that have not yet shipped. If you have a pending order awaiting shipping at a later date, a new order must be made for items that are available now.*


COLD CAVE / BLACK RAIN / GENESIS BREYER P-ORRIDGE SINGLE UP FOR PRE-ORDER October 16, 2015 09:51

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Cold Cave / Black Rain / Genesis Breyer P-Orridge : Rebellion Is Over 7''

Originally released on Heartworm as a limited cassette collaboration between Cold Cave, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (of Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV), and Black Rain (members of Death Comet Crew/Ike Yard) to commemorate the July 22, 2015 live performance in Brooklyn, New York. This cassette was only available at the show and sold out immediately. Dais Records presents a new vinyl engagement of "Rebellion is Over", limited to 1,000 copies, and containing three unique and singular collaborative electronic compositions. 500 copies on black vinyl, 400 on clear vinyl and 100 on special white vinyl. Available first week of November 2015.

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In other news....

Drew McDowall "Collapse" LP is has now been repressed in a second edition of Clear Blue Vinyl (300 copies) and Clear Vinyl (200 copies). Click HERE to order. 

Drab Majesty "Careless" LP is now been repressed in a special Pink Vinyl edition (300 copies) which can be ordered HERE.


NEW ALBUMS BY DREW MCDOWALL AND DREKKA OUT NOW September 30, 2015 10:42

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Drew McDowall : Collapse LP
 

Drew McDowall’s back story reads like a primer of psychedelic fiction woven into statements of the unbelievable, superhuman and outright insane. Somewhere in the chaotic madness, comes an artist such as McDowall with total control and absolute calm within his songs and artistic method.

Growing up in the gangs of 1970’s Scotland, Drew McDowall started to shy away from the daily violence once punk took hold of the counterculture youth. Drew McDowall quickly scrambled to form his own punk band in 1978 with his then wife, Rose McDowall, called The Poems. Shortly lived, the Poems released a single and various tracks but more importantly, the band allowed McDowall to network with other local musicians in Glasgow, such as Orange Juice, and allowed him to travel down to London thus forming friendships with Genesis P-Orridge, David Tibet and countless others, bringing Drew into the fold of the experimental revolution happening in the UK brought upon by Throbbing Gristle and executed by bands such as Psychic TV and Current 93.

During the 1980’s, McDowall found himself in the ranks of P-Orridge’s Psychic TV and collaborating with the mysterious duo comprised of former Throbbing Gristle creator Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson and the enigmatic John Balance who had been creating esoteric and progressive electronic music under the title of Coil. It was during his formative collaborations with Coil that McDowall saw himself shift from occasional contributor to austere full-time member of the arcane outfit. McDowall’s impact on the band’s sound was apparent as the releases transformed from their previous avant pop signature to a more complex and methodic electronic imprint accompanied by even more abstruse subject matter than previous years. McDowall would continue honing his compositional skills with Coil until the release of the band’s two most broad-minded albums, Astral Disaster and Musick to Play in the Dark.

The past decade, Drew McDowall found himself living in New York City and re-appropriating himself within the local music scenes he found himself contributing to. In 2011, alongside his friend and collaborator, Tres Warren (Psychic Ills), McDowall found himself exploring his passion of meditative drone and abstract sound patterns in their project Compound Eye. In recent times, McDowall’s production work has provided the music world with some of the most outstanding remixes for bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Azar Swan and Long Distance Poisonas well as his well-received scores he composed alongside artist Tamaryn for the works of Bret Easton Ellis. Outside of his collaborative duties, McDowall formed an audience as a solo artist, playing countless performances and showcases around New York’s electronic music haunts.

Dais Records approached Drew to solidify his standing as a leading electronic musician with the recording of new material neatly wrapped up in his debut album entitled “Collapse”. Recorded in 2015 in Brooklyn, NY, McDowall’s synonymous modular synthesizer compositions are augmented by obtuse sampling cut-ups and contributions from Nicky Mao (Hiro Kone / Effi Briest) rounding out the lumbering sequential knot work that has become synonymous with McDowall and craft.

Check out tracks from Drew McDowall's debut album, Collapse, over at Fact Magazine, The Wire, and Pitchfork.

http://www.factmag.com/2015/08/20/drew-mcdowall-coil-psychic-tv-debut-album-collapse/

http://www.thewire.co.uk/audio/tracks/listen_drew-mcdowall-tracks

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/21077-collapse/

First Black Vinyl Edition of 500 sold out.  Second Edition of Clear and Blue Vinyl available.  $16.99 - CLICK TO ORDER.

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DREKKA : Unbeknownst to the Participants at Hand LP
 

Continuing his work with memory not only as a subject but also as a process, Michael Andersonhas culled many of the sounds on this record from the past. But this is not a record of rehashed material or remixes. Rather, DREKKA's music is made through continually delving into an archive, digging up and repurposing old recordings, live performances, and forgotten snippets of the voices of out-of-touch friends.

Anderson often begins his live performances subtly, with smoldering ambiences and sublime waves, a practice which functions both as soundcheck and prelude. In this case, a sonic formation used to bridge two sets performed one night in Taranto, Italy, has been revisited and reshaped into "The Seventh Continent (Oceanic Waves Wave)." It is a work of evocative and emotive sound art, assembled textures created from manipulated voices. The piece owes as much toNURSE WITH WOUND as it does to MICHAEL HANEKE, whose influence is paid homage through the title. Anderson indeed plays the role of the auteur here, his own voice manipulated and intertwined with the voices of unwitting collaborators, unwitting at least in the moment. They are voices from his archive of cassettes and field recordings. Annelies Monseré makes an appearance from Gent, Belgium, many months or years earlier and many miles away.

"The Work in Question is Unbeknownst to The Participants at Hand (in three sections)"reaches even further back, through years of sound. The details of locations, methods, and even participants are hazy (Tyler Damon, Sarah Dunevant, Mark Trecka are among the certainly present) and in some cases completely lost (anonymous, obscured entirely). The sounds of a forgotten recording session from the mid-90s are counted among the sources here. Anderson’s deft hand has collated and juxtaposed strands of narratives from across two decades into this haunted drone. Like TARKOVSKY's "The Mirror", it is an assemblage of memories, at times dissonant. But like the work of TIM HECKER, this is music that is warm and hospitable and in some sense ultimately soothing.

Working under the name DREKKA since 1996, Anderson has released dozens of cassettes, CDs, and LPs on both his own Bluesanct label and many other labels internationally. He has traveled, collaborated, and relocated; collecting memories and building an very personal archive of corresponding sound. Tours throughout Iceland and Europe and the United States have contributed to that archive as much as they have served as platforms for public performance. DREKKA owes something to the soundscapes and non-linear impressionism of CINDYTALK or COIL, the gravity of EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN. But his work is very apparently unique. Throughout years of performing and recording, Drekka has explored early industrial tape culture, fragile bedroom noise folk, and expansive cinematic textures. He has touched on the themes of silence and memory and noise and forgetfulness. In the past decade, his gorgeous sound sculptures have fit more neatly into the industrial noise and ambient genres, holding a place alongside contemporaries like SVARTE GREINER, TIM HECKER, or WILLIAM FOWLER COLLINS. And yet these pieces are very evidently personal. Rather than the obscurity that is so often the effect of experimental music, DREKKA functions as a direct line into Anderson’s mind, his dreams, and his fragile and tenuous cache of memories. These personal aspects and this fragility are even more clearly on display than if they were obfuscated by poetic abstractions.

While "haunting" and "hypnogogic" are words often used to describe experimental music and art, DREKKA unequivocally occupies and deals in those dark spaces which comprise the tenuous province of memory and dreams. Those are the real ghosts of time and sound.

“Unbeknownst to the Participants at Hand" is Drekka’s second offering in a trilogy of full-length releases on Dais Records. This second volume will be pressed in a limited edition pressing of 500 copies.

Check out the video for Drekka off his newest album over at The Wire:

http://www.thewire.co.uk/video/

$16.99 - CLICK TO ORDER


AFTER 3 YEARS, COLD SHOWERS RETURNS WITH THEIR SOPHOMORE ALBUM "MATTER OF CHOICE" August 06, 2015 20:07

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Cold Showers : Matter of Choice LP
 
Cold Showers, a band formed in Highland Park, California in 2010, fuses the brash power of their shoegaze pedigree with the smokey compulsions of post-punk / no-wave ancestors. Cold Showers would fit in well amongst their idols on the Factory or early Rough Trade back catalog, but blend in perfectly amongst the unique foliage of the Dais Records roster. Cold Showers sophomore album out sees the band step up to the plate with more pop sensibility under their belt with the tracks of their new album “Matter of Choice”. This is the pervasive pop mode against which Cold Showers cast themselves, but haven’t fully relinquished themselves from their signature piston-precision rhythms and anthem laden synthesizer illuminations that came about within the band’s formation.

After the band released singles on Mexican Summer and Art Fag, Cold Showers signed with Dais Records. In the late summer of 2012, Dais had released the band band’s debut album, Love and Regret, to a storm of industry praise and critical acclaim. After a few successful tours with bands such as The Soft Moon & Veronica Falls, Cold Showers members decided to take some time off to start crafting new songs in a more pop-oriented direction. These songs started to take demonstrational form in a handful of singles and live cassette releases on Dais until the band decided to hunker down in the studio to formalize the songs found on their new album, Matter of Choice.

In tandem with the release of “Matter of Choice”, Dais has partnered up with Berlin-based record label, Aufnahme + Wiedergabe, who will be releasing a limited edition 7’’ for the first single from the album entitled Plantlife in late August 2015.

“I listen to this and all I can think about are starry night skies and motorcycles in the desert and razor blades and smooching hot babes in the bathtub between cigarette puffs and, like, really cool boots and Kiefer Sutherland in The Lost Boys and, honestly, I give this an A-fucking-plus.”
- Vice


“…a relentlessly dark record, the same way a Joy Division record is relentlessly dark.  It’s a state of mind as much as it is a singular emotion to build something significant around…honest and open and simple (in a good way!). It feels like all these songs could have existed forever.”
- The Fader


“…creates a level of tension that sustains them far better that any of their peers, or bands that’ve been stripping the bones of a dead music industry, dead dreams, childrens’ choirs and Sundance movie trailers.”
- Dusted Magazine
 
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NEW FULL LENGTH OPUS FROM DREAMGAZE PERSONA DRAB MAJESTY August 02, 2015 09:53

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Drab Majesty : Careless LP

In the smoggy orange light of a new millennium, the young Deb Demure would take the bus, once a week, from his home in crumbling Hollywood to his grandmother’s apartment, nestled in the pastel pristineness of Beverly Hills. During these visits, Deb couldn’t help but notice the disconnect between the glow of his grandmother’s temple, and the downtrodden, alienated figures that populated the seats of the mass transit that took him there. Week after week, he would observe these characters: fading B-movie starlets, leisure-suited alcoholics, aging transgender prostitutes, and forgotten civil servants. But one fateful commute home, as the twilight waned to the purple Los Angeles night, he realized these figures were not as lost as they appeared – there was a nobility in their failure, reflective of the dignity of the city’s vanishing golden era. They were survivors, in need of a voice: a spokesperson for every color of hope and hopelessness, transcendent of gender and time; Drab Majesty became Deb’s musical podium for this undertaking.

Raised in a music-centric household, Deb would find the time to teach himself to play his father’s right-handed guitar upside down and left-handed; an unorthodox fashion from where his earliest understanding of chords and harmony were conceived. Exploring the bins of discarded vinyl in his neighborhood thrift stores, his toolkit expanded with the subterranean sonic gems of the recent past.  Influences range from the virtuosic arpeggiated guitar work of Felt’s Maurice Deebank and the grittier pop progressions of Red Lorry Yellow Lorry’s Chris Reed as well as Steve Severin from Siouxsie and The Banshees.  He also studied the harmonic oscillations and utilization of the occult power of vibratory frequency present in New Age sounds of Greek artist, IASOS.  In terms of orchestration, he consciously culls from the seaside maximalism of Martin Dupont and mechanized grooves of early Depeche Mode.  Like a dualistic pendulum, his vocals swing from a preistly baritone to a choir boy’s falsetto reflecting the sepulchral ambiance of church visits with his grandmother.

Currently the drummer for Los Angeles lo-fi rock ensemble Marriages and having honed an unorthodox home recording style, Deb sources his sounds from a repository of “mid-fi” synthesizers and other lesser-quality instruments.  Following the release of his debut cassette EP, “UNARIAN DANCES”, he also shared a split 12″ with synth pop forefathers, Eleven Pond.  During the Spring of 2015, Drab Majesty signed with Dais Records and released his first single, Unknown to the I, as a introduction for his first initial foray into the album format, romantically titled Careless.

Dais Records releases Drab Majesty’s debut LP “Careless” on June 23, 2015.  Written over the course of 2 years, “Careless” is a compendium of songs that have outlasted a malicious burglary of his studio, his struggles with substance addiction, and most recently, the death of his beloved grandmother.


RECENT ALBUM BY AMBIENT COMPOSER TOR LUNDVALL August 02, 2015 09:53

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Tor Lundvall : The Park LP

 In 2012, ambient composer Tor Lundvall and Dais Records presented his second instrumental masterpiece entitled The Shipyard (2006’s Empty City being the first). After its release and universal praise, Lundvall had confided that there was a third instrumental album nearing completion entitled The Park.

Fostering his natural habitat of the wooded landscapes of Eastern Long Island, Lundvall again set about capturing his portrait studies and composing a lurid and abstract soundtrack to accompany his source of inspiration.

In Tor’s own words…“I first thought about making an album about a quiet park during a morning walk back in the frigid February of 2011.  Song titles started popping into my head long before any music was recorded.  ‘Symbols on Pavement’ was the first title that came to me, but ended up being the last piece recorded.

Like most of my previous albums “The Park” follows a timeline, in this case, beginning on an early spring morning and ending on a late summer evening.  The track sequence also maps out the shifting light and weather patterns during the course of a day.  For the first time in years, I’ve incorporated field recordings into the music, other than the sounds recorded from outside my studio window.  I carried my portable recorder with me during bike rides and walks through my favorite parks, recording birds, insects, lawnmowers, wood chippers, field games, and other less definable sounds.

Parks have always been my sanctuaries and my greatest sources of inspiration since childhood.  Although this album is not focused on one park in particular, the music resonates strongly with memories of my favorite childhood park, The James A. McFaul Environmental Center in Wyckoff, New Jersey.  The McFaul Center is a place of quiet beauty, but it is also filled with shadows and secrets, especially deep within the Nature Trail.  The final track, ‘Closes At Dusk’, is an homage to the siren which shrieked every evening from behind the towering pines.

Limited to 300 vinyl editions with artwork by Tor Lundvall.


NEW ALBUM BY INDUSTRIAL PUNK DUO HIGH-FUNCTIONING FLESH & REMASTERED REISSUE OF 1983 INDUSTRIAL CLASSIC BY HUNTING LODGE August 02, 2015 09:53

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High-Functioning Flesh : Definite Structures LP

Instinctive EBM laced punk from Los Angeles own High-Functioning Flesh cuts through the discord with their sophomore album, Definite Structures.  Formed in southern California in 2012 following the conclusion of their previous musical endeavors, Gregory Vand and Susan Subtract came together fusing their backgrounds and aesthetics of industrial, punk, and noise to model songs that were collected on their debut album, A Unity of Miseries, A Misery of Unities, on Atlanta based electro label DKA Records.

Referencing the rack mount synthesis and accented drum machine strikes of 80’s bands like Portion Control and Nitzer Ebb, HFF main-lined their punk resumes into the reaction causing a signature chemtrail of martial techno-inspired electronic mayhem shredded through a vocally dystopian finality.  The past 3 years have launched HFF from a handful of lo-fi flashback demos to aggressively realized synth/punk dance floor anthems, carving out a sound that would let you think that HFF has warped time to an era completely their own.


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Hunting Lodge : Will LP

During some brief encounters in 1981 behind the counter at Full Moon Records in Port Huron, Michigan, record store clerk (and member of local “industrial” band Hate/Grey) Lon Diehl started receiving tapes of self-made amp-noise, feedback and field recordings adorned with disturbing medical images entitled “Screw Machine” from regular customer Richard Skott.  Instantly, Diehl and Skott struck up a friendship over their appreciation of Throbbing Gristle, SPK and Dome. During this time, Diehl was producing the music fanzine “Smarm”, but due to the sudden change of artistic direction and collaboration, both Diehl and Skott started a new imprint which would become the legendary S/M Operations, home to their new experimental/ industrial project Hunting Lodge.

Hunting Lodge’s initial foray into musical performance during the Summer of 1982 involved both members to enlist the assistance of Karl Nordstrom, while Nordstrom’s brother Thomas aided the band in their visual art realizations. Soon after, Hunting Lodge played their first show on September 9, 1982 at the now infamous Harrington Ballroom in Port Huron which was released as a private edition cassette that same year.  After this performance, Hunting Lodge recorded their much-coveted “23 Minutes of Murder” cassette, though soon thereafter Karl Nordstrom left the band, leaving the line up to consist of the original core two members.

Upon the request of Andreas Muller of the German label Datenverarbeitung to record extra material for the Exhumed cassette, Hunting Lodge started to regularly record material and in the coming months would pull together tracks that would become their first full-length album entitled “Will”.  Drawing references from Crowley, Nietzsche and G. Gordon Liddy, Hunting Lodge collaged together industrial percussion patterns, live recordings, early sketches and synthesized noise into nine compositions which also included vocal appearances by Andreas Muller, Francisco Lopez and Masami Akita a.k.a. Merzbow. The final product would serve as a blueprint for later generations of industrial noise music and plant the influential seed for the years later Michigan noise output.

Dais Records is proud to release the official vinyl reissue of Hunting Lodge “”Will”. Fully remastered to its original sonic standards by Michael Rozon.


THEM ARE US TOO – PREMIERES VIDEO, LP SHIPPING NOW August 02, 2015 09:53

THEM ARE US TOO vinyl is now shipping (after a very inconvenient printing delay) !! Thank you for your support and patience.  Vice/Noisey premiere THEM ARE US TOO’s brand new video for “Eudaemonia” off of the debut LP “Remain” here:

http://noisey.vice.com/blog/them-are-us-too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA2onxrh_9g


DEBUT ALBUM BY SCOUT PARÉ-PHILLIPS AND REISSUE OF RARE 1981 DEMO BY DEVIATION SOCIAL August 02, 2015 09:53

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Scout Paré-Phillips : Heed the Call LP

Scout Paré-Phillips’ recent recognition as a young and talented visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY –  as displayed in her accomplished portfolios –  shows only a small portal into the creative road that Scout has chosen to go down. Scout’s musical foray started with the Baltimore based post-punk/country act, The Sterling Sisters. Within the Sisters, her skills as one-half of the primary songwriting force, coupled with her varied instrumentation and balladeer vocal projections made way for Scout to step aside and embark on her own solo performances and creative endeavors.

Scout’s operatically trained soprano voice combined with her seemingly effortless proficiency with instruments such as the autoharp and baritone guitar create her own unique hybrid of old time folk storytelling and modern illusionary contrast. Influenced by acoustic legends such as Sibylle Baierand Leonard Cohen, the vocal conviction of Roy Orbison, and still holding poetic court with players like Rowland S. Howard, Nick Cave and Diamanda Galas, Scout Paré-Phillips’songwriting lands in the middle of some very intriguing yet complex influences.

Recently, Scout’s talents have been noticed by Jack White (The White Stripes / Third Man). She was asked to accompany him on Lazaretto and even star in White’s new video, Would You Fight For My Love?. Her recent autobiographical songs have been collected into her debut album entitled “Heed the Call” to be released on Dais Records on February 24, 2015.

Crashing crescendos of guitar, percussively strummed autoharp and an array of both acoustic and electronic sculptures by Scout Paré-Phillips with accompaniment by Scout’s beloved musical collaborator, Emil Bognar-Nasdor (Dawn of Humans, Røsenkopf), populate her LP.  Scout’s torch songs of pure, raw emotional outpouring compliment the rich timbre of her trained voice, which breathes a new life into the contemporary idea of a “folk singer”. Her narrative about two lovers being torn apart and brought back together over many years has formed a new genre within acoustic music’s storytelling tradition.

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Deviation Social : Practices / Demo. June-Oct. 81 LP

During the summer of 1981, a young Art Injeyan attended the now infamous “final transmission” of Throbbing Gristle in San Francisco’s Kezar Pavillion. This concert experience forever changed the fabric of bay area experimental music and sent a sonic riptide through artists such as Injeyan to form their own experimental projects. After this seed had been planted, Injeyan started pulling together a crude, loose arrangement of musical equipment and creating pulsating industrial drones and noise rhythms under his newly coined masthead Deviation Social.  Starting in June and wrapping up in October of 1981, Deviation Social had composed his first demo comprised of individual staged practices in his home. To release his demo and later audio / visual works , he founded his own label, Ppresense Records, to release all matters connected to Deviation Social. This demo was only distributed to a select few and limited to a hand-numbered edition of 25 cassettes in late 1981, now making it one of the more rare and sought after early industrial documents.

Dais is proud to reissue this demo in a vinyl format in a limited edition of 250 copies.  Hand stamped, numbered and assembled to give homage to the original release and to celebrate the release series between Dais Records and Deviation Social.


YOUTH CODE “A PLACE TO STAND” 2ND PRESSING NOW AVAILABLE August 02, 2015 09:53

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Youth Code : A Place To Stand EP (2nd Pressing)

Youth Code’s latest release, A Place To Stand, is an expression of rage that could only come from Los Angeles. Perfectly capturing the frustration and claustrophobia of the early 80s LA hardcore scene but re-appropriating that aggression and melding it to the strict, pounding electronics of classic industrial. Produced by Josh Eustis (Nine Inch Nails, Telefon Tel Aviv,Sons of Magdalene), Side A of A Place to Stand features four new Youth Code tracks that showcase the band exploring an evolved sense of melodic synth work and more varied tempos than anything they have released to date. From the pure adrenal rush of opening track, “Consuming Guilt” and the Wax Trax-esque dance floor anthem “To Burn Your World” to the lush synthscape melodies of “For I Am Cursed” You can hear Ryan George and Sara Taylor perfectly balancing respect for their elders whilst creating something that’s uniquely their own. Rounding out the Youth Code originals on Side A, “A Litany (A Place To Stand)” figuratively stands out, as it is a spoken-word diatribe on society that encapsulates the feeling of the entire record.

Side B of “A Place to Stand” collects four remixes of earlier Youth Code tracks, from artists as diverse as Corrections House’s Sanford Parker, Sub Pop signed avant rap crew Clipping., industrial / EBM mainstays God Module & the dark and minimal techno mastermind, Silent Servant.  What makes A Place to Stand exceptional is Youth Code’s ability to coax raw, organic emotion out of cold, primitive synths. A trait that stems from the band’s peculiar genesis.

We’ve repressed the groundbreaking Youth Code EP “A Place to Stand” in a limited run of 1,000 copies (100 on Glow in the Dark / Black spotted vinyl, 400 on Light Blue vinyl, and 500 on Black vinyl) – packaged in a matte jacket with glow in the dark spot gloss overlay on the front cover.


OFFICIAL REISSUE OF WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS “NOTHING HERE NOW BUT THE RECORDINGS” August 02, 2015 09:53

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William S. Burroughs: Nothing Here Now but the Recordings LP

In 1980, Genesis P-Orridge and Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson (then of Throbbing Gristlerenown) travelled to New York City to meet up at the fortified apartment, known as The Bunker, of famed beat writer and cultural pioneer William S. Burroughs and his executor James Grauerholzto starting the daunting task to compile the experimental sounds works of Burroughs, which, up until that point, had never been heard.

During those visits, Burroughs would play back his tape recorder experiments featuring his spoken word “cut-ups”, collaged field recordings from his travels and his flirtations with EVP recording techniques, pioneered by Latvian intellectual Konstantins Raudive.  Throughout the next year, P-Orridge, Christopherson and Grauerholz would spent countless hours compiling various edits, each collection showcasing Burroughs sensitive ear and keen experimental prowess for audio anomaly within technical limitations.

By the time 1981 came through, Burroughs had relocated to Lawrence, KS in which to escape the violence and mania of New York City life.  It is in Lawrence that P-Orridge and Christopherson put the finishing touches on the record that would be known as “Nothing Here Now but the Recordings”.  The album would come out in the Spring of 1981 as the final release for the shuttering Industrial Records, brought about by the dissolution of Throbbing Gristle.  The album remained out of print until 1998 when John Giorno and the Giorno Poetry Systems included the album on a multi-disc retrospective CD box set compiling the majority of Burroughs seminal recordings.

Dais Records is honored to have worked with the Estate of William S. Burroughs to finally reissue, for the first time since its original release in 1981, a proper album reissue of William S. Burroughs“Nothing Here Now but the Recordings” in its original vinyl format to celebrate the centennial anniversary of Burroughs. Fully remastered from the original master tapes in a limited edition of 1,000 vinyl copies.


NEW DIGITAL SINGLE BY FOLK SIREN SCOUT PARÉ-PHILLIPS August 02, 2015 09:53

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Scout Paré-Phillips : Your Light Digital Single

Scout Paré-Phillips’ recent recognition as a young and talented visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY –  as displayed in her accomplished portfolios –  shows only a small portal into the creative road that Scout has chosen to go down. Scout’s musical foray started with the Baltimore based post-punk/country act, The Sterling Sisters. Within the Sisters, her skills as one-half of the primary songwriting force, coupled with her varied instrumentation and balladeer vocal projections made way for Scout to step aside and embark on her own solo performances and creative endeavors.

Scout’s operatically trained soprano voice combined with her seemingly effortless proficiency with instruments such as the autoharp and baritone guitar create her own unique hybrid of old time folk storytelling and modern illusionary contrast. Influenced by acoustic legends such as Sibylle Baierand Leonard Cohen, the vocal conviction of Roy Orbison, and still holding poetic court with players like Rowland S. Howard, Nick Cave and Diamanda Galas, Scout Paré-Phillips’songwriting lands in the middle of some very intriguing yet complex influences.

Recently, Scout’s talents have been noticed by Jack White (The White Stripes / Third Man). She was asked to accompany him on Lazaretto and even star in White’s new video, Would You Fight For My Love?. Her recent autobiographical songs have been collected into a forthcoming album entitled “Heed the Call” to be released on Dais Records in March 2015. Leading up to this release, Dais is proud to select a “digital only” single by Scout which features the wonderfully simple, yet starkly haunting track, Your Light, coupled with an exclusive remix of her album’s title song, Heed the Call.

Crashing crescendos of guitar, percussively strummed autoharp and an array of both acoustic and electronic sculptures by Scout Paré-Phillips with accompaniment by Scout’s beloved musical collaborator, Emil Bognar-Nasdor (Dawn of Humans, Røsenkopf), populate her LP.  Scout’s torch songs of pure, raw emotional outpouring compliment the rich timbre of her trained voice, which breathes a new life into the contemporary idea of a “folk singer”. Her narrative about two lovers being torn apart and brought back together over many years has formed a new genre within acoustic music’s storytelling tradition.

Purchase the digital single Your Light by Scout Paré-Phillips at iTunes on November 5, 2014.


NEW ALBUM BY ELECTRONIC MUSIC MASTERMIND MARTIAL CANTEREL August 02, 2015 09:53

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Martial Canterel Gyors, Lassú LP 

Since his first live performances in 2002, Sean McBride, aka Martial Canterel (who also performs as half of the duo Xeno & Oaklander), has crafted his electronic sound in a peculiar intersection between avant-garde and pop. Merging the influences of the first wave of relatively unknown minimal electronic bands in northern Europe, and seminal industrial noise bands such as Throbbing Gristle and SPK, with the smoothly stylish songcraft of early British New Wave, Martial Canterelrecords and performs using analogue synthesizers, sequencers and drum machines exclusively, molding electricity to fix the action of music creation in substance. The mastery of his composition technique, a second nature of harmonic complexity, along with a unique talent for melodies, enables him to manufacture gems of extreme noise pop, making use of all its unexpected ingredients.

Gyors, Lassù marks an important milestone in the evolution of Martial Canterel‘s music, progressing far beyond the cages of “minimal synth” and embracing the noisier qualities of its sound with a renewed urgency, a kind of thickness embodied in multiple layers using only eurorack, Serge and Roland 100 modular systems at his disposal and flushing out the entire session in one take. Sine waves are rendered into walls of guitar-like noise on songs like “And I Thought”, while the stretching out and liquifaction of what were once very precise pointillistic staccato synth arpeggios are marshaled into layers of violent bliss on “Gyors/Lassù”. The analogue labor and the density of sound highlight the character of continuous performance of the music, where the intertwining of the artist and his work is profoundly material in its quality. As in a modern embodiment of the potter’s wheel…the hands, the texture of clay, with ceramic material. Translated lyrically and conceptually, music performance is for time what travel represents in space, and Gyors, Lassù is the sonic rendering of McBride’s wanderings between Hungary (“Bulvàr”, “Budapest II”) and the South of Italy (“Teano”), between vibrant rhythmic structures and melancholic instrumentals, balancing its bodily intensity with abstract experimentation against the regression of the modern listener.


NEW ALBUM BY NYC SYNTH POST-PUNK OUTFIT YOU. August 02, 2015 09:53

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YOU. : Sunchaser LP

NYC post-punk outfit YOU. may have a heart that beats for Detroit (vocalist and founding member Trever Millay and synth/drum programmer Brad Taormina both hail from there), but the soul of their music stretches far beyond the Midwest. Sunchaser is their third record, and first for Dais, and also their first to feature their expanded lineup of guitarist Scott Kiernan and bassist Lee Lichtsinn.

YOU.’s music up to this point has always pitted its more reflective elements against the austerity of electronics, not so much as to create a warm sound as to invite the listener in as respite from the cold. Sunchaser refines those qualities, almost to the point of reinvention. There are humans, and humanity, beneath the shell, and YOU. makes the most of the studio environment to bring this across. Tracks like “Breaking Collapse” and the title track push simple, effective melodies in the face of austerity, and make the stone walls collapse, beaming with hope in the face of adversity, while still retaining a distant, reserved presence. Opening track “Feral” gallops along the loose swing of Taormina’s drum machine, evoking Suicide’s pulse and using it to somewhat brighter means. The entirety of Sunchaser was recorded by Sean Ragon (Cult of Youth) at Heaven Street, and his previous work with YOU. informs the care he put into the production, rendered soft and discreet, the sound of systems working thanklessly in the dead of night to keep us alive and safe.

Edition of 500 vinyl copies.


NEW COLLABORATION SINGLE BY TOR LUNDVALL & LEILA ABDUL-RAUF August 02, 2015 09:53

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Leila Abdul-Rauf & Tor Lundvall : Ibis / Quiet Seaside 7”

Over the past few years, Tor Lundvall has thoughtfully displayed his ambient sound works in connection with Dais Records, releasing two retrospective multi-disc box sets and two full length albums. Apart from his collaboration with Tony Wakeford on Autumn Calls, collaborations with others have been extremely rare. Tor and multi-instrumentalist, Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum / Hammers of Misfortune / formerly of Amber Asylum) first got in touch in late 2011. Their exchanges eventually led to a musical collaboration of both like-minded artists joining in to illustrate their unique and personal visions of nature, life and art.

During a visit to Lundvall’s home in May 2012, Leila wrote a spontaneous track on Tor’s Winter Piano entitled Ibis. Tor recorded and engineered the track along with Leila’s vocals. Later that month, Lundvall added various sounds and ambient washes to the mix. A solo version of Ibis, featuring the original piano / vocals but with additional horn, was released on Abdul-Rauf’s debut LP Cold and Cloud on Saadi Saati Records in 2013 (Lundvall also designed the sleeve and created the cover art for this LP). The earlier, collaborative version of Ibis has remained unreleased until now. It was agreed that a 7″ was the perfect format.

On the reverse, Lundvall has written a new piece entitled Quiet Seaside constructed around Abdul-Rauf’s guitar riffs which Lundvall also recorded during her 2012 visit. The track captures Tor’s signature lush keyboard and ambient whirl. The early mix was sent to Leila who worked in her slow-moving brass performance and textured tone scales to make this work as introspective as it is beautiful.

Limited edition of 300 vinyl copies featuring artwork by Tor Lundvall.